Computer Architecture Today

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It is with great regret that I pass on the news that our colleague and friend Nathan Binkert is no longer with us.  Nate passed away unexpectedly on September 21st after collapsing at the gym.

Nate was a computer scientist of remarkable breadth, equally at home working on architectures, operating systems, or databases. I was incredibly fortunate to have him as a PhD student at the University of Michigan. From there, his career took him to HP Labs, Amiato (a startup he co-founded), and, most recently, Amazon Web Services.  He was also a phenomenal hacker. His leadership in developing and guiding the M5 and gem5 simulation systems is a tremendous and ongoing legacy in our community. He also served as the SIGARCH Information Director from 2008 to 2011.

Most importantly, Nate was a wonderful person. He was always smiling and full of energy, and unafraid of any challenge. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father.  Please keep his wife and three children in your thoughts and prayers.